The Good Reverend Doctor After Firing up the Saints
Yesterday was one of those fence Sundays. The Mister and I worship in two different places. I like the raucousness of the Pentecostals and he likes the reserve of the Baptists. He also takes the kids since they get a little scared when the Spirit enters services at PC. Heck, I was scared the first time I saw a grown man fall on the floor screaming Hallelujah.
But I digress.
I was home with Mario Kart and a deceptively quiet house. Satan was busy EARLY this morning, whispering to me to stay home and perfect my manual play on the Wii. I told myself to shower and dress and if I still didn’t feel like going, I would stay home. Eventually I dragged myself to church and after parking a block away I eased into a pew near the rear. I was having issues, but I’m so grateful that I went.
The Good Reverend Doctor had a bout of gout, but he had his black robe on and was singing along with the Praise and Worship team. He then took center stage. He started by telling everyone to shut off their mobiles and close their Bibles. In other words. Pay ATTENTION.
He directed us to Hebrews 10: 24-25 (Amplified Bible):
24And let us consider and give [a]attentive, continuous care to watching over one another, studying how we may stir up (stimulate and incite) to love and helpful deeds and noble activities,
25Not forsaking or neglecting to assemble together [as believers], as is the habit of some people, but admonishing (warning, urging, and encouraging) one another, and all the more faithfully as you see the day approaching.
Then gave us the title of the Sermon:
It’s Time for You to be Plugged In!
Are you loving this, yet?
The GRD talked about his 32 inch flat screen TV. Living with a man who sleeps with the remote, I thought I knew where he was going. I was wrong. He said how his TV won’t work unless it is plugged in. People who don’t or won’t use their talents and gifts from God are not plugged in!
The GRD then challenged the congregation to examine our faithfulness and whether we are a blessing to Prayer Chapel. Being faithful is not an option.
When we are born again or saved, we have an obligation from Spiritual Law to activate our duty to the church. The church is an outlet for our power and as Saints, we must use the church as the electric outlet from God to people. In a nutshell: We are connected by the Blood of the Lord and we have to be plugged in to one another.
Okay, how does this relate to me?
I asked the same question today and underlined it in my Martin Luther King Jr program. I planned to corner SOMEBODY to find out how to get juiced again.
The GRD said this:
Let it GO
First, we have to allow forgiveness to dominate our lives. Forgive the past sins. You were ignorant, or just, gasp, human! Not one of us are perfect, and only by the blood of Christ do we get to be renewed and forgiven of our sins.
Sermons like this are why I want any and everyone to come to Prayer Chapel on Sunday mornings.
LET IT GO!!!
First, we have to forgive ourselves. Then, we must forgive the other wrongs (real or perceived) in our lives. Last, we have to humble ourselves to the will of God and accept that HE is in control. For so long, WE try to control things. Being saved is a daily work toward walking in the way of the Lord. You don’t get saved then BOOM, Baby! everything is fine. Once we are saved, Satan gets busy. Through constant prayer, a regular communication with the Lord, and church attendance, we can get wired up.
Man made energy runs out, but God’s energy will always be there.